TERRE HAUTE —
Indiana State junior Justin Gant has been invited to travel to the Ivory Coast this summer as part of an Athletes In Action basketball tour.
“I am extremely honored to be given this opportunity to not only play basketball with and against some great players during this tour, but to also share my Christian faith with those in the Ivory Coast,” Gant commented. “I’m looking forward to growing as a person by delivering aid to those in Africa and by sharing my faith with those we come in contact with. This will also be a great chance to continue to improve on the basketball court just before we start our workouts at Indiana State in the fall.”
The AIA tour to which Gant has been invited begins July 27 with a five-day training camp at the group’s world headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. On Aug. 1 the group will fly to Abijan, Ivory Coast’s biggest city, where it will spend the balance of the tour which concludes Aug. 10.
The roster will be filled with NCAA Division I student-athletes as well as current professional players.. The team will play a four-game schedule against senior-level competition and seasoned professionals in Africa and will conduct basketball camps and clinics and extend humanitarian aid, which includes distributing a large supply of shoes and basketball equipment across the nation.
The highlight game of the foreign tour will be playing against Cote d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast’s national team, which finished fourth in the African qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics.
• Lots of ISU flavor at USATF meet — Two former Sycamores, a recent graduate and two current members of the Indiana State track and field team will be in competition this week at the 2013 USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Des Moines.
Former Sycamores Kylie Hutson (pole vault) and Erica Moore (800 meters) will be competing along with recent graduate Felisha Johnson (shot put) in the women’s competition.
In addition, two current Sycamores will compete in the USATF Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships: sophomores Kimyanna Rudolph (women’s pole vault) and Derek Bunch (men’s shot put).
Moore’s first competition in women’s 800 meters is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, with the semifinals at 9:08 p.m. Friday and the finals at 4:04 p.m. Sunday. Women’s shot put competition will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, and women’s pole vault begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Junior men’s shot put beginsd at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and junior women’s pole vault competition starts at 2:15 p.m. Friday.
• Schenk in lead — At South Bend, Adam Schenk maintained his lead in the State Amateur with most of the field in on Tuesday at the South Bend Country Club.
The former South Knox golfer, who now plays at Purdue, fired 69 in the second round and leads with his 136. Drew Imel and Scott Lamb each had 140 to tie for second.
South Vermillion grad Logan Burdick has fired 73 both days for 146, with the projected cut being 150.
Two Terre Haute golfers wound up play on Tuesday. Thomas Goss went 82-76 for 158 and Sam Pollock was 85-76 for 161.
• Welker opens with 77 — At Dayton, Rachel Welker of Terre Haute shot a 77 Monday in the first round of the 113th annual Women’s Western Golf Association’s National Amateur Championship at the Dayton Country Club.
Another competitor in the field is Emily Tofaute of Louisville, the daughter of former Terre Haute South athlete David Tofaute and the granddaughter of George and Wanda Tofaute of Terre Haute.
Play continued Tuesday.
• Goddard second — At Vincennes, Idle Creek professional Ray Goddard was second in the open pro division of a Tri-State Pro-Am on Monday at the Vincennes Country Club.
Goddard shot one under his age for the second time in a competitive tournament, finishing Monday’s play at 71.
A week earlier, at Briar Ridge Country Club near Schererville, Goddard won the Super Seniors division of the Northern Open.
• Bell prevails — At Kokomo, Christopher Bell was the big winner in U.S. Auto Club midget racing Sunday at Kokomo Speedway.
Bell won the feature in the final Indiana Midget Week feature and claimed the Midget Week title.
Bell led the final three turns to win the 30-lap main. Kyle Larson led laps 22-27 and took second. Bryan Clauson was second in the Midget Week totals.
Fast qualifier — Rico Abreu.
Heat winners — Andrew Felker, Darren Hagen, Brady Bacon, Ryan Criswell, Abreu (semi).
Feature — Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, Caleb Armstrong, Brad Mosen, Zach Daum, Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons Jr., Hagen, Kevin Thomas Jr., Felker, Dave Darland, Davey Rey, Tyler Thomas, Criswell.
Final Midget Week totals — Bell 286, Clauson 261, Felker 222, Hagen 217, Coons 212, Larson 209, Bacon 209, Tracy Hines 189, Mosen 188, Daum 185.
• Thomas posts win — At Haubstadt, Kevin Thomas Jr. won a Midwest Sprint Car Series feature in racing on Saturday at Tri-State Speedway.
Jon Stanbrough was second and Brady Short in the feature. Shane Stewart won a Midwest Open Wheel Association feature.
Midwest Sprint Car Series racing is slated at Lincoln Park Speedway this Saturday.
Heat winners — Hunter Schuerenberg, Jon Stanbrough, Brady Short.
Feature — Kevin Thomas Jr., Stanbrough, Short, Wes McIntyre, Daron Clayton, Schuerenberg, Kyle Cummins, Robert Ballou, Bradley Sterrett, Chase Stockon, Chase Briscoe, Korey Weyant, Brian Karraker, Chet Williams, Adam Miller, Carson Short, Jeff Bland Jr., Kurt Gross, Brandon Mattox, Patrick Budde.